Bryan Adams has revealed that his master and session tapes were destroyed in the 2008 fire on the Universal lot that has shaken the music community to its core. In a chat with The New York Times, Adams revealed that it explains why he kept coming up short when trying to put together his 20th anniversary edition of his classic Reckless album.
Adams explained that he contacted the label in hopes of acquiring the project's master mixes, artwork, photos, video, film . . . anything. I called everyone, former A&M employees, directors, producers, photographers, production houses, editors, even assistants of producers at the time. I can tell you with 100 percent certainty that I couldn’t find anything at Universal that had been published to do with my association with A&M Records in the 1980's.”
He went on to say, “If you were doing an archaeological dig there, you would have concluded that it was almost as if none of it had ever happened. There was no mention that there had been a fire in the archive. . . Not only did they lose all of the artwork for this album, they lost all of the master tapes. So those master tapes don’t exist anymore.”
Adams revealed that he was able to remaster the Reckless album due to pure ingenuity on his part back in the day: “Luckily back then, I was kind of thinking, ‘Oh, maybe I’ll put a studio together,’ so I used to keep a vault of tapes from my sessions. I must have made a copy of it as a protection copy. What you do is when you make your master, you make a protection copy as well and I kept the protection copy at my house. So I had to go back, and I thought, ‘Did I keep a copy of this?’ Sure enough, I kept this thing and I’ve had this thing in my vault for 30 years.”
35 years since scoring his breakthrough U.S. hits — “Straight From The Heart” and “Cuts Like A Knife” — Adams has been a fixture on the rock scene for nearly three generations. When we last caught up with him we asked him about the moment when he realized he had finally made it: “Basically back in about 1984 — must've been '85, we released Reckless and we were doing our first headlining tour of America. And I walked over to Keith Scott, my guitarist, and I said, 'What's different? Y'know, we're doing the same songs.' Basically what it was, was it was our time, and things were just starting to come together. And people started playing the music and they're still playing the music. So, it's really nice.”